Senior management

Adebayo has over 30 year’s diversified experience in the upstream oil and gas industry covering: Oil and gas field development, Drilling, Completion, Production operations, Production technology, Production engineering, Facility engineering, Human resources, Administration, Community relations, Administration and Business development.

Adebayo started his career with Ashland and rose to the level of onshore Production Manager before leaving for texaco overseas where he served as Head of HR in Warri.
Afterwards, he worked for Moni Pulo ltd and allied energy as Executive Director and COO before joining Afren in 2009. He was the Managing Director at Afren from 2011 before joining Oriental Energy O&M Services in 2015. He joined Eland as Managing Director of Nigerian operations.

Adebayo has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ife and completed a GMP from Harvard.

Les has over 30 years’ upstream oil and gas industry experience, most recently with Addax. He spent 13 years with Addax in Nigeria and Kurdistan holding a wide variety of senior executive positions in the UK, Spain, Libya, Vietnam, India, Nigeria, Kurdistan and Dubai.

In 2006 Les assumed the position of General Manager of the operating company for the giant Taq Taq Field in Kurdistan and in 2008 became Managing Director of Addax Petroleum Middle East Limited based in Dubai. Prior to joining Addax in Nigeria, Les held Country Manager positions with Enterprise Oil and British Gas in South East Asia.

Les graduated from the University of Aberdeen in Finance & Economics and is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Accountants. Les stepped down from the Board as Chief Executive Officer in September 2014 to assume the new role of Strategic Advisor to the Company.

Pieter has over 20 years’ oilfield exploration and production experience in a variety of technical, operational and management roles. He started his career with Schlumberger as a geologist in London, moving on to become a wireline engineer working in South East Asia and West Africa. After his field work, he trained as a log analyst working in London and seconded to Exxon.

Pieter moved to Amerada Hess in London, providing petrophysical support, then worked abroad on two large onshore field rehabilitation projects, in Azerbaijan then in Algeria, in a variety of technical, operational and management roles. Pieter has also worked with Gulfsands in Syria as Deputy General Manager, and his recent experience consists of four years in Nigeria as general manager of an independent oil company, overseeing an onshore development in the Niger Delta.

Pieter has a geology degree from Auckland University and a Masters degree in Petroleum Geology from the University of Aberdeen.

John has over 30 years' upstream oil and gas industry experience in a variety of technical, commercial and managerial roles. These cover everything from frontier exploration, through appraisal and development, to mature field production. He is a geologist by background but has also worked as a petroleum economist. He has worked for several companies, holding senior positions at BP, Enterprise Oil, Shell and Dana Petroleum, in Europe, Southeast Asia and East, North and West Africa.

John has a BSc in Geology and Geography from Nottingham University and an MSc in Engineering Geology from Leeds University.

Gafar has over 40 years' of diversified experience in the upstream oil and gas business covering production, drilling, completion and work-over, logistics, administration, human resources, community relations, security and services in both onshore and offshore operations. He started his career with Elf Petroleum Nigeria.

Gafar subsequently worked with Mobil Producing Nigeria as Senior Operations Engineer before moving to Ashland Oil Nigeria Company / Addax Petroleum Development (Nigeria) where he worked in various senior managerial positions. He had been deployed to work in France and Switzerland and attended many international training conferences and seminars.

Gafar has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Lagos and a Diploma on Petroleum Engineering from the French Institute of Petroleum, Paris.

Jay has over 30 years’ experience in design and construction of oilfield facilities worldwide. Prior to moving to Nigeria, he worked in California, the Middle East and Houston.

He spent five years as Country Manager for Paragon Engineering, providing design engineering services to the local petroleum industry and 10 years with Addax in key management roles.

Jay brings a proven record of performance in conceiving and executing smaller sized, fit-for-purpose, low cost projects, and a wealth of knowledge on the capabilities of local contractors and vendors in Nigeria. Jay manages the design and construction of the oil producing facilities.

Jay has a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering and has been a registered Professional Engineer in British Columbia since 1974.

Gilles has over 35 years upstream oil and gas experience. He joined Royal Dutch Shell in 1976 with assignments to Brunei Shell, Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij, Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Operations, Shell Expro (UK), Shell Argentina, Norske Shell, and Shell Nigeria (SNEPCO). During his career with Shell, Giel held various positions in reservoir and petroleum engineering, new ventures and project management. He joined Addax Petroleum in 1999 and was Head of Reservoir Engineering, Head of Corporate Planning and Corporate Head of Reservoir Engineering/ Reserves Manager.

Giel holds a Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Technical University of Delft, Netherlands

Edward joined Eland from GDF Suez E&P UK where he was a business analyst working in the Business Development team. Prior to working in E&P, Edward began his career in the City. He has four years' Corporate Finance and Broking experience having worked at Allenby Capital and Matrix Goup.

Edward was part of Matrix's successful oil & gas franchise and was involved with numerous corporate actions and fundraisings for both private and public E&P clients.

Edward graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Banking, Finance and Management.

Theophilus O.Odigie holds B.Sc. (Hons) in Instrumentation and Systems  Engineering obtained in 1980 from Teeside Polytechnic now Teeside  University, Middlesbrough in UK. He has over thirty four years post  graduation working experience which spans the Power, Steel, Glass, Oil  and Gas industries. His technical competence includes Surface  facilities Engineering, Maintenance, Operations, Safety Incident  Investigation, Technical Auditing and Emergency Response. He is a  registered and Certified Engineer. A certified Occupational Health practitioner. A trained Environmental Management System auditor. His last job was with Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria for

about twenty two years. The last position held was Operations Manager  for Swamp West.

Hilary Azoba  is a versatile Petroleum Engineer and Petroleum Projects Development Manager with 27 years’ experience working for major energy companies (Shell, Schlumberger, & ConocoPhillips) in Nigeria, Oman, Gabon, UK, USA, Russia, and Canada among other countries. Holds B.Eng. (Mechanical Engineering, 1st Class Honours 1984) from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and MBA from the University of Phoenix Arizona (USA). He is a registered professional engineer in the Province of Alberta Canada and Member Society of Petroleum Engineers.   His career experience centered around designing and delivering development and exploration wells on land, desert, arctic, swamp, and offshore environments, with stints in production facilities operations and maintenance and safety. Recent work includes successfully engineering, supervising and managing drilling and completions operations for intermediate E&P operators in Nigeria.

Steven has more than 12 years' experience in a diverse range of roles and organisations. Prior to joining Eland in February 2011, Steven was based in Oslo as Finance Manager for Dana Petroleum, Norway. Prior to that he fulfilled a number of Financial Analyst, Management Accountant and Treasury roles with several oil & gas operator and service companies, including BP, Baker Hughes, Schlumberger and Transocean, as well as several SME service companies in the Aberdeen Area.

Steven graduated from the Robert Gordon University with a BA (Hons) degree in Business Studies. He is a Chartered Management Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Michael has over 20 years oil and gas industry experience primarily with Operator companies.  After qualifying with KPMG Michael gained oil industry experience first with Transocean before moving to Hess where he latterly headed up the Budgeting and Forecasting team for the North West Europe region.  Michael joined Dana Petroleum in 2003 where he spent over 10 years covering a variety of increasingly senior financial and management roles, during which time Dana expanded both within the UK and internationally into Africa.  Prior to his departure he held the position of Country Finance Manager for the UK Business Unit and was a member of the Senior Management Team.  Michael joined Eland in June 2016 from the Parkmead Group where he was Group Financial Controller.

Michael graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a BA (Hons) degree in Accounting.  He is a Chartered Accountant having qualified with KPMG.